OVER THE EDGE featuring Mickey Thomas|
Mickey Thomas made his name singing such classics as ‘Jane’ with
Jefferson Starship and then ‘We Built This City’ with Starship. He carried
on touring with various line-ups of Starship and here he is now with a solo
album in all but name.
As you’d expect from such as seasoned singer there are lots of top names from the world of rock on here, either in a playing
(Neal Schon, Steve Lukather, Richie Kotzen) or writing capacity (Schon
again, Jack Blades, Jon Cain). Bit like Magnum’s Bob Catley, Thomas can sing
but he doesn’t write the songs. And sing he does with possibly Thomas’s best
recorded vocal performances on here. Try opener ‘Over The Edge’ - a piece of
hard rock that stands up well against all those classics from the 80’s.
‘Thief’ nods towards a more modern feel with a chiming guitar intro and
catchy as hell chorus. You want more? ‘Surrender’ bounds along on a
crunching guitar riff and again hits the mark in the hook filled chorus. Get
this on radio and it would be a surefire hit.
But of course the slower tunes are also a tardemark of Thomas’s vocal
talents and pick of the bunch has to be ‘The Man In Between’, a superb
ballad that has heartfelt vocals backed with top draw instrumentation. Clean
and crisp production throughout that always help melodic rock appear at its
If you love the 80’s sounds of Starship, Survivor, Journey et al coupled
with a modern feel on many tracks then you’d be hard pressed to find a
better release over the past few years. Hopefully Mickey Thomas will
follow-up this classy release swiftly.
Review by Jason Ritchie